Walk AWAY … From the Edge!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

This article refers to Tom Englehardt’s Tom Dispatch piece “Was 11/8 a New 9/11?: The Election That Changed Everything and Could Prove History’s Deal-Breaker” which was re-published in Common Dreams.


Englehardt’s comments and dire scenarios of planetary demise are well-founded, if frightening.

Some ESSENTIALS are missing from his focus, however.

If ANYTHING can be done at all to alter this, we MUST begin with a knowledge that this has been coming for quite some time, and that the Trump Zoo of Non-believers is just the latest version of a story we have been UNWILLING to SEE all along … literally for decades!

• Trump is the fruit … not the seed!

For years I have been fond of saying that …
• the Republicans march us like lemmings over a cliff’s edge to planetary disaster.
… whereas, …
• the Democrats would have us hold hands, march us “over the river and through the woods” — singing Kumbaya — yet take us to the edge of the very same cliff … only somewhat later — so maybe we feel a bit better about it.

… but, of course, …
• the ONLY SANE answer is: “WALK AWAY FROM THE EDGE!”

It is not so funny anymore. If anything, the Trump Phenomenon just makes our Colossal Historical Hubris much more palpable. But it was COMING ANYWAY … whether R’s or D’s were in charge, … since our TRUE BOSSES and Decision-Makers are really UNELECTED Corporatists with a Pathological ROI-Mindset … and with NO regard for the concepts of democracy, compassion, people … or planet.

Avoiding this dire scenario required MUCH MORE than avoiding a Trump victory in 2016 … and most Americans STILL do not get that!!!

We must move in new directions … and as soon as possible. One group offering some serious precautions, warnings … AND available solutions to multiple problems is the Green Party.  While not the only answer, they have been consistently repeating the ESSENCE of this larger message … for over two DECADES!! As a non-corporate-funded group, they have, for all sorts of reasons, been … unable … or prevented … or both … from having their QUITE CORRECT Basic Messages being either heard or understood by the general public!

Beyond their own internal squabbling, there have been very active forces on the outside using Electoral Deceptive Practices and Falsehoods, lack of media coverage, outright media lies, ballot access rules, … and more … to stop and to silence ALL 3rd parties and Voices of Reason in this COUNTRY!!! That is a blatantly anti-democratic and unconstitutional slap in The People’s face!

Basically, if it makes sense or sheds light on the Truth, it will most likely NOT make it into the “News.”

One glaring example: The continual  prohibition of True Debates which must include all qualified voices. That is symbolic of our self-imposed deafness and blindness.

Democracy has been distorted and dying here for quite some time.

Face it! This already IS an Authoritarian State, … even if the ownership details have yet to be worked out.

A People-Centered MAJORITY exists … now!

One of the greatest IRONIES here, is that 2016, in truth, displayed the First Big Wave of People-Centered Thinking and Action seen for many decades in the U.S.

— In fact, 2016 is NOT best represented by the supposed “huge wave of dark-matter Fascism” led by Trump. Not even close! It may SEEM that way at first glance, but that is false.

SANDERS’ huge Public Successes and receptivity featuring our Future — the Millennials — along with Jill Stein and others’ messages, combine to HIGHLIGHT this tremendous People’s Agenda … for Progress! Education, Healthcare, Climate-sustainability, safe air, water & food, justice, infrastructure repair, fair elections … and more! People DO Want Change … and are READY for CHANGE.

It is the DUOPOLY … led by BOTH Republicans and Democrats (who thoroughly sabotaged the progressive Sanders Phenomenon), that fight and hide this Truth, ultimately leading us all to a more blind Trumpist Version of Planetary Suicide. But BOTH establishment parties were and are taking us THERE.

Within the Duopoly … there is no answer!

FACE IT! This is not merely opinion anymore … it is TIME to FACE it … Or FAIL!

UNTIL we understand this, any solutions we attempt will be FRUITLESS!

Let My People Vote! … but don’t let them hear WHAT their voting for …

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

Sara Silverman takes on Voter ID laws which make it harder for likely Democratic voters to get to cast their ballots in November (on CommonDreams). Sounds good, right? Her spiel is cute and hip, as well. Check it out.
 JUST ONE THING, however … if you’re gonna get emotionally involved in her appeal, then you should be aware of these OTHER things, as well. Please be patient, however, and read through my comments, which follow. The Title of her original piece was “Let My People Vote.”
How about THIS, Sarah: “Let All People Be Fully Informed, … then Allowed to Vote — Fairly” Can you wrap your head, and skit, around THAT?  Cuteness Does Not Make Right (at least not yet).

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MY Comment to her piece on CommonDreams:

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Oh, so very CUTE … and informative. Thanks Sarah! Whodathunkit: that Republicans would try to use “legal-sounding” tricks to “profile” who gets an obstacle to voting!! SHAMEFUL.

Democrats — you’re being abused again to lessen your share of the Power. Democrats wouldn’t use their influence to stop people from participating in the election process — WOULD they?

Well, ok, ONLY if the ideas were coming from some insignificant “Third Party” whose notions on sustainable development, free and fair education, free and fair elections, punishing Banksters, and stopping illegal drone bombing and wars would upset the Corporate Apple Cart.

Historically, it seems the Democrats have done whatever was necessary to prevent smaller (and of course poorer) parties like the Green Party from gathering signatures and getting on the ballot. Surprised? They used ridiculously high numbers of signatures and interminable challenges to those signatures by well-paid lawyers. Dems have tried to stop Ballot Initiatives that would reform election practices, such as Clean Elections (publicly-funded), and Instant Runoff Voting which guarantees that only a Majority (50+) can win. Also, they have collaborated with their supposed adversaries, the Republicans, to prevent Greens and others from participating in Nationally Televised Debates, where topics off the Corporate Agenda might get brought up before the Public Eye: Items like our War Budget, the XL Pipeline, BP’s actions in the Gulf, Wall Street’s sweet deals, etc.

YES. Cry Foul, Sarah. Democrats might even agree enough to do something about those bad “laws” and make Voting FAIR again, right? But wait!? Weren’t the 2000 and 2004 elections STOLEN via dirty tricks in Florida, Ohio, and elsewhere? And didn’t Dems not even complain back then? Hmmm …

Here we are, in the good ‘ol USA, given a choice to select between the ideas and programs of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

But WHAT if you wished to show your OPPOSITION to BOTH their plans, like their Aggressive & Illegal foreign policies for our nation, or their joint opposition to a REAL National not-for-profit Healthcare Plan (like Single-Payer) for everyone??

… Oh, … just CAN it, right, Sarah? Save it for some OTHER election — just be overjoyed you got to cast a ballot at all!!

As for actually getting to VOTE for the IDEAS you truly believe in, well … some other time, maybe.

For all your efforts, Sarah, You deserve a medal from the Lesser-of-Two-Evils Society. Maybe even a statue.